Conceptualising the generic competencies required to provide clinical supervision to Australian psychologists: a thematic analysis

Olds, Kirsty, and Hawkins, Russell (2013) Conceptualising the generic competencies required to provide clinical supervision to Australian psychologists: a thematic analysis. In: Proceedings of the Advances in Clinical Supervision Conference. pp. 28-32. From: Advances in Clinical Supervision Conference, 4-6 June 2013, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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Clinical supervision is the most prominent and frequently used method for teaching therapeutic skills to psychologists in training (Milne & James, 2002). Engaging in clinical supervision is also considered an appropriate method of maintaining standards of practice and meeting professional development requirements for fully registered psychologists (O'Donovan, Halford & Walters, 2011). Yet despite the strong reliance on clinical supervisors to train and assess the competency of provisionally registered psychologists, the profession is still at a stage where the specific knowledge, skills and attitudes that comprise the competencies of clinical supervisors are yet to be operationalised (Falender & Shafranske, 2012). Within Australia, efforts have been made to specify the competencies required of Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) approved clinical supervisors. In May 2013, the PBA released the "Guidelines for supervisors and supervisor training providers", which outlines a list of supervisory competencies and the minimum level of training required to become a board approved clinical supervisor. These guidelines are a major step forward in regulating the supervision of probationary psychologists, and progressing a competency based approach to the training of Australian supervisors. Various other efforts to conceptualise and seek consensus on the broad domains of clinical supervisor competence have also been made internationally (Falender et al., 2004; Fouad et al., 2009; Green & Dye, 2002; Rings, Genuchi, Hall, Angelo, & Cornish, 2009; Roth & Pilling, 2009). However, while these efforts provide a demarcation of broad competencies, the profession is still lacking comprehensive frameworks that provide the "specificity and procedural detail to serve as useful templates for competent supervisory practice" (Reiser & Milne, 2012, p. 166). In order to extend the existing evidence base, and develop a comprehensive framework that outlines broad domains of competency and the associated knowledge, skills and attitudes required to supervise Australian psychologists, it was considered important to systematically consolidate, synthesise, analyse and organise the existing competency frameworks that have been developed internationally.

This paper summarises findings produced from a thematic analysis of international competency frameworks targeting clinical supervision. This study is the first stage of a broader research project that seeks to conceptualise the specific knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to supervise Australian psychologists.

Item ID: 30035
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-9923822-0-9
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Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2014 23:39
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 100%
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